Poets and Writers
Thomas Barnes of Boston; Amber Caron of Cambridge, England; Gary Joshua Garrison of Tempe, Arizona; and Doug Ramspeck of Lima, Ohio, each won 2016 McGinnis–Ritchie Awards in fiction. Barnes won for his story “The Skydiver,” Caron won for her story “The Handler,” Garrison won for his story “Aberrations,” and Ramspeck won for his story “Messenger.” Irina A. Dumitrescu of Bonn, Germany, and Floyd Skloot of Portland, Oregon, both won the award in creative nonfiction. Dumitrescu won for her essay “The Things We Take, the Things We Leave Behind,” and Skloot won for his essay “La Serenata.” They each received $500. The annual awards are given for short stories and works of creative nonfiction published in Southwest Review during the previous year. There is no application process.